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by mikenz66
Sat May 26, 2018 8:33 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 23
Views: 135

Re: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom

Oh well, we may as well disband the Forum since it's just perpetuating wrong view. :rofl: Sure. Why not? Will that really make a difference in your life? Probably not, since my practice isn't dependent on this Forum... But I'm still confused about the point you are trying to make. Your main point s...
by mikenz66
Sat May 26, 2018 8:24 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way
Replies: 36
Views: 309

Re: Doubt, Dhamma and the Middle Way

“If a person has faith, they preserve truth by saying, ‘Such is my faith.’ But they don’t yet come to the definite conclusion: ‘This is the only truth, other ideas are stupid.’ Ought to be in the ToS on both Wheels. :smile: Unfortunately, though I agree that it should be self-evident that the sutta...
by mikenz66
Sat May 26, 2018 7:52 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 18.21 Anusaya Sutta. Tendency.
Replies: 4
Views: 22

Re: SN 18.21 Anusaya Sutta. Tendency.

The next sutta is almost identical, but answers the question: “Sir, how does one know and see so that the mind is rid of ego, possessiveness, and conceit for this conscious body and all external stimuli; and going beyond discrimination, it’s peaceful and well freed?” https://suttacentral.net/sn18.22...
by mikenz66
Sat May 26, 2018 7:51 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 18.21 Anusaya Sutta. Tendency.
Replies: 4
Views: 22

Re: SN 18.21 Anusaya Sutta. Tendency.

Analysis from Piya Tan: “Me” The Nature of Conceit [The psychological complexes and narcissism] http://dharmafarer.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/19.2a-Me-the-nature-of-conceit.-piya.pdf This rather long document analyses a number of suttas, including SN 18.21, on the 32nd page of the docu...
by mikenz66
Sat May 26, 2018 7:48 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 18.21 Anusaya Sutta. Tendency.
Replies: 4
Views: 22

Re: SN 18.21 Anusaya Sutta. Tendency.

Notes from Bhikkhu Bodhi's translation: “Venerable sir, how should one know, how should one see so that, in regard to this body with consciousness and in regard to all external signs, I-making, mine-making, and the underlying tendency to conceit no longer occur within?” Spk: In regard to this body w...
by mikenz66
Sat May 26, 2018 7:44 am
Forum: Study Group
Topic: SN 18.21 Anusaya Sutta. Tendency.
Replies: 4
Views: 22

SN 18.21 Anusaya Sutta. Tendency.

SN 18.21 Anusaya Sutta. Tendency. Translated by Bhante Sujato Rāhula asks how to see so that conceit no longer occurs. The Buddha teaches him to investigate the five aggregates in terms of not-self. https://suttacentral.net/sn18.21 At Sāvatthī. Then Venerable Rāhula went up to the Buddha, bowed, sa...
by mikenz66
Sat May 26, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom
Replies: 23
Views: 135

Re: I have a dream today ~ 2 type of freedom

Oh well, we may as well disband the Forum since it's just perpetuating wrong view. :rofl:
by mikenz66
Sat May 26, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana
Replies: 41
Views: 850

Re: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana

Hi Saengnapha That's exactly what the suttas say. Jhana is not insight and is only one of the fabrucated tools of the path. And the concept of self is one if the the key problems to be overcome. However, it seems you put little weight on these texts, so your view of the path is, understandably, diff...
by mikenz66
Fri May 25, 2018 11:49 pm
Forum: Lounge
Topic: meditation retreat Thailand
Replies: 7
Views: 193

Re: meditation retreat Thailand

... their daily program was by no means structured and there was no guided meditation. Rather, one meets for 5-10 minutes per day with the instructors to report on one's experiences, receive new instructions (not guided meditation) and then spend the rest of the day in unstructured solitude, typica...
by mikenz66
Fri May 25, 2018 5:47 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana
Replies: 41
Views: 850

Re: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana

Well, obviously jhana is not insight, no-one is claiming that. However, it is said to be sammāsamādhi (right concentration/immersion), part of the eight-fold path. And what is right immersion ? Katamo ca, bhikkhave, sammāsamādhi ? It’s when a mendicant, quite secluded from sensual pleasures, seclude...
by mikenz66
Fri May 25, 2018 2:41 am
Forum: Samatha Bhāvana
Topic: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana
Replies: 41
Views: 850

Re: Arguments in favor of being able to hear in the first jhana

From my perspective, you are creating a duality by contrasting jhana with your ordinary state. You list benefits, but the benefits are only in relation to their opposites. Anyone can tell you that jhanas are impermanent and whatever is there before jhana happens, happens again when jhana is left. I...
by mikenz66
Thu May 24, 2018 9:58 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Buddhism in Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh
Replies: 7
Views: 113

Re: Buddhism in Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh

As for Bangladesh, only certain parts near Burma (chittagong) are Buddhist. It is a minority religion. But there were a few prominent Buddhists from there, Dipa Ma I believe, possibly Munindra were from there. We've had a number of Bangladeshi Bhikkhus and a Samanera through our local Thai Wat. Som...
by mikenz66
Wed May 23, 2018 9:24 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New Translation Project from Sutta Central
Replies: 67
Views: 6330

Re: New Translation Project from Sutta Central

Yeah, their main purpose is to make the texts accessible to people that would be pushed back by Bhikkhu Bodhi's and other authors' translations. It's a good goal and why I've stopped expecting different translations from Sutta Central. However, if they add a feature to toggle the technical Pali ter...
by mikenz66
Wed May 23, 2018 8:18 pm
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: New Translation Project from Sutta Central
Replies: 67
Views: 6330

Re: New Translation Project from Sutta Central

The final twice-proofread translations of the 4 Nikayas by Bhante @sujato are now live and the draft flag has been removed. In addition, the site should now (of a week or so) be properly indexed by search engines so texts should become Googlable, also URL previews such as on Twitter, Facebook and D...
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 10:05 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1093

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Why should abandoning sensual pleasures lead to un happiness? Because merely abandoning sensual pleasures does not suffice for happiness. “Even though a disciple of the noble ones has clearly seen as it has come to be with right discernment that sensuality is of much stress, much despair, & greater...
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1093

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

James Tan wrote:
Tue May 22, 2018 9:31 am
Good for you , but , as you said , you will have to abandon the sensual pleasure first which is denying worldly happiness.
Why should abandoning sensual pleasures lead to unhappiness?

:heart:
Mike
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 9:42 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1093

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Since most of my Buddhist friends seem happy, I'd say, they mostly feel happy. The question is whether this happiness of theirs has anything to do with their Buddhist practice. Or is it that they're happy despite their Buddhist practice? For me, and many people I know, it is the former. Taking up a...
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 9:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1093

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

I am happy for them . But , their happiness is not lasting that's why I said not really happy . You mean in some ultimate sense? Well, of course, but that doesn't mean that Dhamma practice doesn't improve happiness in this life. There are plenty of suttas describing that: https://suttacentral.net/a...
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 9:20 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1093

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Hi James, Sorry I don't really know what you are trying to say here: I did not say no benefit . Only that if Buddhism preach suffering , what is it that in this world is happiness and joyful about . Basically non at the end . Previously you said: Please ask any buddhist with ten or twenty years expe...
by mikenz66
Tue May 22, 2018 8:53 am
Forum: General Theravāda discussion
Topic: Is Buddhism exclusive ?
Replies: 107
Views: 1093

Re: Is Buddhism exclusive ?

Have you ever met someone disrobe after over ten or fifteen years in monkhood ? If they are so happy , no reason to leave the monastic life ! Too many you can find . Or you don't pay attention at all. Of course, I know several people who have disrobed, and some who have rerobed after disrobing... D...